Rachyl Duffy burst onto the classical music scene on both coasts in 2015 by taking top prize in both the International Hugo Kauder Competition and the prestigious Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition in the span of five months. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and North Carolina. She has attended Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the IEMA Schwaz Klangspuren Festival in Austria.
A dedicated chamber musician, Ms. Duffy has collaborated with such artists as Augustin Hadelich, Scott St. John, James Dunham, Weigang Li, Orion Melvin Chen, Jeffrey Kahane, Atar Arad, and Paul Coletti.
A devoted teacher, Rachyl is passionate about both education and outreach. Her primary teaching background is in The Suzuki Method, beginning ca. 2005 under the mentorship of Shelley Beard and continuing at the prestigious School for Strings with Allen Lieb (Book IV certification expected June 3, 2019. Book VIII expected June 2020). Rachyl teaches lessons through her own studio and as faculty at the Brooklyn Music School. In addition, she has performed and taught at many programs and institutions, such as: the Kneisel Hall Program for Maine Students, the Porterville Summer Strings Program for underprivileged youth, the Music School of Delaware, the Bellingham Music Festival, the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and more. Rachyl has also served as teaching assistant to Sheila Browne, Gina Coletti, David Winkelman, and Shelley Beard. Rachyl enjoys coaching orchestras and chamber groups, and teaching students of all levels, ages, and abilities, including students with special needs such as those on the Autism Spectrum.
While completing her Master of Music degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she was a Teaching Fellow, Rachyl joined the San Diego Symphony in 2016. Before this, she became the youngest member of the Winston-Salem Symphony in 2012 while completing her Bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Sheila Browne on full scholarship. These days, Rachyl performs most often with the Mimesis Ensemble and The Elevate Ensemble. Elevate Ensemble is a part of The Elevate Collective, a group of artists who create, perform, and educate around New York City, with a focus on accessibility for all.